Bartram Village is a tiny neighborhood located in the southwestern corner of Philly. The name of the community comes from John Bartram who built a home and the Botanical Gardens known as Bartram's Gardens or the John Bartram House that is now listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The village itself is a housing project that is currently undergoing a rebirth as the city is working to restore those that have become rundown over the years. The residential areas have wide sidewalks with grass berms to walk along and there are dog-friendly parks within walking distance.
The climate here is in the low to mid-20s in January and the upper 80s in the summer, making most of the year perfect for walking your pooch. The only time it can be rough is during the winter when the streets are covered in snow or ice.
The terrain in Bartram Village tends to be flat with plenty of grass and sidewalks. Some areas of the community have vast expanses of grass with paths for you to walk and play on. Flat ground may not sound like the most exciting thing to walk on, but if you want to make it challenging, try going around different blocks or head over to Gibson Point where you have direct access to the Schuylkill River.
The big thing to remember is to vary where you go with your pooch. Dogs are likely to become easily bored if you make them walk along the same path every time. Remember that in the summer, that you should go for walks early in the morning before the pavement has had a chance to heat things up. At 75°F, the pavement temperature is around 120-125°F which is hot enough to severely burn the pads on your pooch's paws.
Bartram Village is a strange blend of row houses without yards to project housing with plenty of wide-open areas of grass and lots of trees. But the real gem of the neighborhood has to be Gibson Point, a natural land feature jutting out into the Schuylkill River. The point is a large grassy area with a few shade trees and a trail that leads down to the side of the river. It's an excellent place for you and your pooch to run around in and stretch your legs!
If you prefer somewhere a little bigger, you can always cruise up to Cobbs Creek Park. This vast park includes a trail that runs for several miles along Cobbs Creek. The park itself consists of vast expanses of grassland and woods for you and your pup to run around on before you set out for a nice long hike along the creek to end the day.